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Godspeed, Good Darlington: Thoughts on the End of The NASCAR COVID-19 Shutdown

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For all the successes of pros going iRacing during the NASCAR COVID-19 shutdown, the general consensus seems to be that the return to real-track racing is coinciding almost perfectly with the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series running its course. Be it the Kyle Larson slur fiasco or Santino Ferrucci turning the end of last week’s IndyCar …

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Up to Speed: Which Drivers Are Likely to Tame Darlington in its 2020 NASCAR Return?

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The 2020 NASCAR season, paused for about two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is less than a week away from resuming.  The first two races will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, about a two-hour drive from race shops in the Charlotte area.  They include a 400-mile event on Sunday, May 17 …

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Stock Car Scoop: The Latest Updates On NASCAR & INDYCAR 2020 Schedule

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INDYCAR has announced their 2020 return to competition after the COVID-19 pandemic. Where will the INDYCAR 2020 schedule start and when? Find out in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop with Bryan Nolen. Frontstretch’s new podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also has a look at the three tracks that will …

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Kyle Larson Has Completed Sensitivity Training

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Kyle Larson completed his required sensitivity training but is still indefinitely suspended by NASCAR, NBC Sports confirmed Wednesday, May 6. NASCAR suspended Larson on April 13 and ordered him to undergo sensitivity training after he spoke a racial slur during an iRacing event. Chip Ganassi Racing released him on April 14 after his sponsors terminated …

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NASCAR Contradictions on Full Display With May 17 Return Looming

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Be it in Brasstown, N.C. Thursday night (April 30) or Lancaster, S.C. on Friday (May 1), live racing trickled back this weekend to locations throughout the southeast. For me, where Virginia is still under a stay-at-home order through June 10, there’s not much for a motorsports writer here to do but long for racing to …

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Matt Kenseth Replacing Kyle Larson in Cup No. 42

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Matt Kenseth will return to the NASCAR Cup Series once the sport returns from its hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak, replacing Kyle Larson in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42, CGR announced today, April 27. Kenseth replaces Larson after the former driver of the No. 42 was released for saying a racial slur on an …

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The Kyle Larson Pandemic: Lack of a Cure Proving Worse than the Disease

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Earlier this week, I compared Kyle Larson’s disastrous use of a taboo slur during an iRacing event to the current pandemic that has brought much of the world to its knees. Nearly a week later, it’s still proving an apt comparison. KEITH: LARSON’S SLUR BECOMES NASCAR’S PANDEMIC As my sixth weekend in quarantine comes to …

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e4 Burning Questions: Where Can Kyle Larson Go from Here?

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

What’s next for the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series? On Wednesday, April 15, NASCAR announced details for its next event in the Pro Invitational Series, a 150-lap event on Sunday afternoon at the virtual Richmond Raceway. FOX, NASCAR and their esports division have apparently decided that the key to having more watchable races is to …

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2-Headed Monster: Has iRacing Helped or Hurt NASCAR?

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iRacing has been a controversial topic in recent weeks. First it was Bubba Wallace, who lost a sponsorship from Blue-Emu when he decided to quit a race before it was over. Wallace then went on Twitter and announced that he quit while he still had some resets left and didn’t think it was a big …

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Frontstretch Podcast: 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees, John Hunter Nemechek Recaps Start of 2020

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees, and chat who they’d cast a vote for. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was involved in INDYCAR’s virtual race at Michigan International Speedway, so we list drivers we’d like to see complete the NASCAR/IndyCar crossover in real life. Meanwhile, Chevrolet …

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Stock Car Scoop: Kyle Larson Out at Chip Ganassi Racing, Indycar at Virtual Michigan & Truck Series Night in America is Back

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In the April 14 edition of Stock Car Scoop with Bryan Nolen, Frontstretch updates you on the latest on Kyle Larson, as he is out at Chip Ganassi Racing. Nolen also gives Larson’s first comments on the matter. Nolen also discusses the most recent INDYCAR iRacing event, as well as a returning iRacing Series that is …

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The Frontstretch 5: Bad Decisions in Sports & How They Were Handled

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Kyle Larson screwed up — big time, and there are really no excuses. But amidst what has undoubtedly been the worst week, at least professionally, of the young driver’s life, there is hope for a future in racing. Larson isn’t necessarily done: NASCAR will likely reinstate him quickly once he completes whatever program they lay …

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